I’m going on vacation, so here’s a whole weekend preview:


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“Ricky Gervais Show” (9 p.m., HBO). Bits on Karl’s diary and childhood nicknames. That could get ugly.

“The Life and Times of Tim” (9:30 p.m., HBO). Tim goes to the horse races and is, um, “inspired” by Amy, his nagging blonde girlfriend. Later, at the circus, Tim gets on an elephant trainer’s nerves.

Catch a score

Giants vs. Braves (1:30 p.m., CSN-BA). It’s the home opener from McCovey Cove. Jonathan Sanchez takes the mound against Tim Hudson. Should be a beautiful day for a ballgame.

A’s vs. Angels (7 p.m., CSN-CA). Wow, are the A’s for real? They looked good against the Mariners.


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“Deadliest Catch” (9 a.m.-2 a.m., Discovery). It’s an all-day crab-fishing marathon. The new season starts next week, so now’s your chance to catch up and get sucked in to the real-life drama.

“Saturday Night Live” (11:35 p.m., NBC). Tina Fey hosts, so count on a reprise of her Sarah Palin impersonation.


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“Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS). The teams head to Singapore, and Carol & Brandy get really irritated at Brent & Caite. Can’t imagine why. (Cue eyeroll.)

“The Pacific” (9 p.m., HBO). Sledge gets his first taste of combat, on Peleiu. And it’s harrowing. Meanwhile, Basilone travels the country selling war bonds.

“Breaking Bad” (10 p.m., AMC). Now that Walt and Jesse have basically nothing left to live for, they go back to cooking meth. And Hank redoubles his efforts to find the source of their blue meth.

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“The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox). Mr. Burns goes to jail and Smithers takes over the power plant. I like it already.

“Life” (8 and 9 p.m., Discovery). Part 1 is “Hunters,” Part 2 is “Insects.” I’ll quote “Starship Troopers”: The only good bug is a dead bug.

“Masterpiece Classic: The Diary of Anne Frank” (9 p.m., PBS). An intense new BBC version of the story of a Jewish girl hiding with her family from the Nazis during World War II. I won’t spoil the ending, but have some Kleenex on hand.

“Ultimate Recipe Showdown” (9 p.m., Food Network). Amateur chefs square off in a cake and dessert challenge.

“Treme” (10 p.m., HBO). Series premiere. Sorry David Simon, “Breaking Bad” bumps you from “Watch it” status. But this will still be worth watching. This is the highly anticipated new series from the creators of “The Wire,” set in post-Katrina New Orleans, and follows the lives of a group of musicians and neighborhood activists. It looks gooood.